2009-10: Simon Fernholm, the younger brother of one-time Penguins' prospect Daniel Fernholm, played for the Huddinge IK U16 team in suburban Stockholm.
2010-11: Fernholm appeared in two Super Elit league game's with Huddinge IK's U20 team; spending most of the winter skating for the Huddinge IK U18 team. He had no points or penalty minutes in his brief SuperElit experience. In 35 games for Huddinge IK U18 he had 10 assists and was plus-seven with 16 penalty minutes. Huddinge IK missed the playoffs, finishing seventh in the Allsvenskan U18 North Division.
2011-12: Fernholm skated for Huddinge IK in the U20 SuperElit league and represented Sweden at the Four Nations U18 Tournament in Switzerland. He scored 3 goals with 12 assists and was plus-one with 12 penalty minutes in 47 SuperElit league games. Huddinge missed the playoffs after finishing sixth in the SuperElit South Division. Fernholm was plus-one with 2 assists in three games for Team Sweden at the Four Nations tournament. He skated in seven games (including two playoff contests) for Huddinge's U18 team and was minus-one with 2 assists. Ranked 32nd amongst European skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings, Fernholm was selected by Nashville in the sixth round (164th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
Fernholm is a big stay-at-home defenseman that has long reach and plays a very sound game in his own zone. His hockey IQ and hockey sense are very high which allows him to be extremely poised under pressure and he has a really good first pass. He's not very spectacular because he just makes the simple and easy plays when in trouble. The big defender is pretty mobile for his size but needs to work on his reverse pivots and skating balance. The young blueliner has to get stronger and heavier to use size advantage in order to play a more physical game.
Fernholm was signed by Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League and will likely be used as an eighth defenseman in the Elite League or return to the J20 SuperElit as NHL players arrive in Europe during the NHL lockout. The Swedish-born player could help his country defend their gold medal at the 2013 WJC tournament.